Sunday, December 19, 2010

Overnight Cinnamon Sugar Coffee Cake

Christmas morning our breakfast has always been a special treat.

Growing up, we usually had a my mom's Egg Bake.

After getting married, we adopted my in-law's family tradition of Christmas Eggs.

If an egg-based dish isn't your thing, how about a yummy cinnamon sugar coffee cake?

We'll be making this recipe this year along with our Christmas Eggs -- it's much easier and less time consuming than making fresh cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, and tastes like you're enjoying one :)

Better still, this cake is easily made up ahead of time and requires an overnight stay in the refrigerator.

This means, you too can enjoy Christmas morning!

Overnight Cinnamon Sugar Coffee Cake - Adapted from Twila
{Print Recipe}

1/4 C butter, melted
1/4 C applesauce
1 1/4 C sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C milk
2 C all purpose flour
1 C white whole wheat flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder

3/4 C brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 T butter {optional}

3/4 C powdered sugar
1 T hot water
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Begin by combining the 1/4 C butter, 1/4 C applesauce and 1 1/4 C sugar in a large bowl.

Stir until well mixed.

Next, add the 3 eggs and 1/2 tsp. vanilla and mix well.

In a second bowl, combine the 3 C flour, 1 tsp. salt and 2 tsp. baking powder.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the addition of 1 C milk.

Stir until well mixed.

Spread half of the batter into a well-greased 9x13 glass baking dish.

In a small bowl, combine the 3/4 C brown sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon.  If interested, add 2 T melted butter to the mix.  I omit the butter here.

Sprinkle half of the filling over the batter in the baking dish.

Then, carefully pour the remaining batter over the filling.

Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of the cake.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, bake the cake, uncovered, at 350 for 30-35 minutes; or until lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake.

When you remove the cake from the oven, mix together the 3/4 C powdered sugar, 1 T hot water and 1/2 tsp. vanilla.

Drizzle over the cake as you serve it.



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  1. OMG this is a wonderful recipe!!! I LOVE the fact you can make it ahead of time! I think I'm going to sprinkle a few semi-sweet chocolate pieces in the filling too... Semi sweet choco and cinnamon is "To Die For"!!! or I bet a semi sweet choco glaze on top would be good too??? Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe...
    Hugs to you and Merry Christmas,

  2. I am totally making this!!!! That looks sooo good!!

  3. I always make a do-ahead egg dish for Christmas morning and now I have another do-head recipe to try. What a wonderful-looking coffee cake!

  4. I usually make a french toast casserole, but I like the idea of having eggs (protein) before all the treats of the day. Of course, I will probably make the crumb cake too. I would enjoy some frest cinnamon rolls with my tea that morning but it is too time consuming. Since you say it tastes similar I will give it a try. Thanks :)

  5. This looks wonderful, such a comforting morning food. We don't celebrate Christmas (we're Jewish) but I've already clipped it for a luxurious Sunday morning breakfast treat. Thanks!

  6. I can't wait to try this! Unfortunately, it won't be Christmas morning. We'll be on the road to my husband's family. Maybe New Year's morning! Thanks for another great recipe.

  7. Looks delicious! Who can resist that in the morning? YUM!

  8. This looks fabuloso! What a great idea for Christmas morning!

  9. I'll take the cake AND the eggs! It sounds very quick and easy, I'm sure we'll be making it soon, thanks!

  10. This looks wonderful - I love recipes like this!

    Thank you for linking this to This Week's Cravings, have a blessed Christmas!

  11. Looks like I need to make this for Christmas Breakfast. My sweet 4 year old grandaughter will be my best helper! Thanks!

  12. Breakfast doesn't get any better than that. I think this would be a good midweek surprise breakfast too.

  13. OK, so we're Jewish, so I'm calling this Overnight Winter cake and making it next week. :) YUM!!!

  14. You know, I think I may just have to make these for Christmas morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. Just letting you know that I featured you and this recipe on my blog today. Merry Christmas!

  16. Made this for breakfast for Christmas morning and it was a HUGE success!! Thank you. I'm sure it will become a staple in my kitchen.


  17. Yum! I've bookmarked this one to make SOON!!

  18. I made this for a playgroup, and both the mom's and kiddos loved it! Thanks! :)


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